New York State’s Labor Unions Face New Challenges In 2019 As Governor Cuomo Charges The Federal Government With Waging An 'All-Out Attack' On Unions
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - A behind the scenes battle is raging across New York for the hearts, minds and wallets of Public Sector Union Members, following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ended compelled Union Dues from Workers who opt out of being represented by Organized Labor.
Here in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration maintains the Federal Government is "waging an all-out attack" on Unions, indicating that it plans to fortify protections for the Public Employee Unions at the local level.
Meanwhile, New Choice NY, a group funded by Conservative activists, has e-mailed tens of thousands of State, County and Local Government Workers in New York, advising them they are under no obligation to pay dues to a Union.
The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union, representing New York's Classroom Teachers, is urging its Members to reject any overtures that they end their support for the Union.
The Union has released several social media posts from Local Union Leaders reporting that 100% of the new Teacher hires in their districts have agreed to join NYSUT.
The skirmishing was sparked by a June ruling known as Janus vs. AFSCME. The High Court held that mandatory Agency Shop Fees are unconstitutional under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Until Janus, Public Employee Unions could collect fees from Non-Members to help cover bargaining costs.
On its web site, NYSUT states the legal case that produced the Janus decision was "bankrolled by the wealthy Anti-Labor Forces looking to get richer on the backs of the Middle Class."
The tussle has political ramifications in New York
New York's State Government - including both houses of the Legislature and the Governor's Office - is controlled by Democrats who are close allies of the Unions that are major campaign contributors to the Democratic Party and its candidates.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a speech outlining his objectives for the legislative session opening January 9th, drew cheers from Union Leaders after he said: “We declare here and now that we will zealously defend and build the Labor Movement in New York and that we're going to pass legislation to protect Public Employees in all local governments in the State of New York - period.”
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